This is a quick list to help with the many, many yoga accessories out there. The below yoga supplies have many benefits and can be a great help/addition to the yoga lifestyle and practice.
I personally own all of them and can attest to their benefits.
They are Journey Junkie approved!
Like any industry, the yoga world has TONS of options to choose from when it comes to accessories, supplies, equipment, etc. Choosing what to buy can be overwhelming at times, especially if this whole yoga thing is new to you.
Below is a list to help narrow down the options and make the shopping process easier and more enjoyable.
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1. Yoga Towel
This a yoga necessity. Trust me.
Most yoga mats lack a sticky quality which makes it VERY easy to slip-n-slide once the heart starts pumping and the heat starts building. A yoga class can quickly go from awesome and exhilarating to slippery and stressful without one of these babies. If hot yoga classes or vinyasa/ power flow classes are typical for you, then this is even more a necessity.
I highly recommend the below yoga towels from Yoga Brights. Linda is the soul behind Yoga Brights and is a courageous entrepreneur trying to add her light to the big world of yoga! The towels are eco-friendly, durable & lightweight, easy to care for, and the price point is awesome! I’ve personally used this towel, multiple times, and had a great experience with it!
2. Yoga Mat
This one is a given but let’s touch on it anyway. A great place to start the yoga mat search is any major retailer, here you can find loads of inexpensive yoga mats that will get the job done. I recommend this if new to yoga and unsure of what type of classes and the frequency at which you’ll attend.
When, not if, yoga becomes a part of your weekly or daily routine – a more durable, high quality mat is a better option. These yoga mats run a bit pricey but are totally worth it. If needing to justify the cost, simply take the price and divide it by how many times you do yoga in one month… this should help change that perspective.
Below are the 3 mats I can 100% recommend and also the leaders in the yoga mat category.
- Lululemon – The Mat (this mat has a sticky film and doesn’t require a yoga towel).
- Manduka – the PRO or PRO LITE options are highly popular.
- Liforme Yoga Mat – a scientific approach to the yoga mat.
3. Yoga Bag
Now that we all own a yoga mat, how does a yogi properly carry it around?
A yoga bag is the answer.
The bag is basically a yoga purse which makes the carrying process much, much easier – especially for the heavier duty yoga mats mentioned above.
Yoga bags come in all shapes & sizes and can be found at festivals, yoga studios, online, or at major retailers. I had the opportunity to test and use the below yoga bag from Dye Grl and it deserves a big thumbs up! Not only do I enjoy promoting independent business owners, I also LOVE the tie-dye prints. The bag is gorgeous, eye-catching, and high quality fabric!
4. Yoga Strap (to hold the mat)
Another option to hold and transport a yoga mat is a strap. This is a simple strap contraption that is best for day-to-day use. Mats can be unruly creatures, unrolling all over the place and what not, so this is a simple way to tame them.
5. Yoga Hand Towel
A hand/ face towel is an absolute MUST. If the tendency to sweat is always, like moi, then a yoga hand towel will become your best friend forever.
Now the word “yoga hand towel” can be confusing here….Feel free to use a regular bathroom towel, kitchen towel, or anything in the linen closet. If you run into the predicament of constantly washing hand towels and never having any in stock, then it’s time to invest in a yoga hand towel.
6. Yoga Block
Oh blocks you make my heart sing! A block is my number one yoga prop and always a part of my practice. It’s the peanut butter to my jelly, the dough to my pizza, or the chocolate to my cookie. Okay you get the picture!
Yoga blocks are a great prop to keep at home and incorporate into a personal practice or to use at the yoga studio. Wherever they are being used, be sure to keep them close by to help lengthen, extend, deepen, and soften.
- If the idea of a yoga block is new, read this article that explains how to use them.
- Blocks can be found at major retailers, select yoga studios, or they can be purchased here.
7. Yoga Strap
This yoga strap is not to be confused with the yoga strap above, although they do look extremely similar.A yoga strap is another accessory that can be weaved throughout the practice to help make postures more accessible, regardless of flexibility.
- If the idea of a yoga strap is foreign, read this article to learn more.
- A strap can be found at select yoga studios, major retailers, or purchased here.
8. Yoga Blanket
A blanket is a wonderful yoga accessory to create comfort, support, and to curl up with on the couch. It’s another one of my favorites.
- To learn how to use a yoga blanket, read this article.
- A blanket can be purchased at music/craft festivals, yoga wholesalers, or by clicking here.
9. Yoga Bolster
And last but not least in the yoga prop category – a bolster.
A bolster is typically used in restorative, prenatal, and yin yoga classes. It’s basically a big side body pillow that’s true purpose is to provide comfort. Again, it’s a great yoga accessory to utilize in a home practice or at the studio.
10. Yoga Mat Cleaner
Yoga Mat Cleaner means yes, it is necessary to clean that magic yoga carpet of yours. It deserves some TLC too.
A word to the wise, it’s important to know exactly how the mat should be cleaned and to stick to those suggested guidelines. Some mats require only warm water and soap while others can be cleaned with mat cleaner.
- Mat cleaner can be purchased at select yoga studios, major retailers, or by clicking here.